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If a patient in hospital is continuously on 02, would it be true to say that the person is hypoxic IRRESPECTIVE of the reason the person needs the 02?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine
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In brief: No!

O-2 in hospital is often given to patients who have NORMAL O-2 Saturation but who are AT RISK for hypoxia! Hope this helps! Dr Z

In brief: No!

O-2 in hospital is often given to patients who have NORMAL O-2 Saturation but who are AT RISK for hypoxia! Hope this helps! Dr Z
Dr. Richard Zimon
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: NO

No, this would not be true to say.
There are many reasons a patient without hypoxia might benefit from oxygen therapy. This article lists 9 indications for oxygen therapy and only 3 of them involve hypoxia: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/health-professionals/clinical-guidelines/oxygen-therapy-administration-non-emergency-situation

In brief: NO

No, this would not be true to say.
There are many reasons a patient without hypoxia might benefit from oxygen therapy. This article lists 9 indications for oxygen therapy and only 3 of them involve hypoxia: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/health-professionals/clinical-guidelines/oxygen-therapy-administration-non-emergency-situation
Dr. Randy Baker
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In brief: Probably

However in some cases oxygen is given when the patient is not hypoxia eg critical illness or child with breathing problems or palliative care

In brief: Probably

However in some cases oxygen is given when the patient is not hypoxia eg critical illness or child with breathing problems or palliative care
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